Daily Archives: August 6, 2019

August 6 Joy in the Lord

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:17–20

Key Verse: Nehemiah 8:10

Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Author and Bible teacher Warren Wiersbe writes:

Joy takes the burden out of service. “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). God loves a cheerful servant as well as a cheerful giver … God wants His family to be happy, and this means that each member must contribute to the joy.

Have you ever thought about how your personality affects others? What type of employee or family member are you: positive, encouraging, a team member, and someone who prompts warm comments?

The Thessalonians struggled with being cheerful believers. Their joy had been dampened because they had allowed doubts and fears to creep into their thinking. False teachers had convinced them that the rapture of the church had already taken place.

Paul wrote his letter to encourage them not to give in to negative thinking. Instead, he admonished them to keep their focus on what they had been taught concerning this event: “For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?” (1 Thessalonians 2:19 nasb).

Don’t allow fears or doubts to control you and your emotions. Even though you face times when you do not sense God’s closeness, He has not left you. Your greatest joy is in knowing that He has an eternal love for you that cannot be destroyed. This knowledge gives peace in the midst of turmoil.

Lord, thank You for the spirit of joy that yields strength, power, and peace to endure difficult circumstances.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 229). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

A Double-Minded Man: Albert Mohler’s Explicit Contradictions — Pulpit & Pen

The two faces of Albert Mohler; Mohler and James Cone (the father of Critical Race Theory).

As we explained in the article, The Two Faces of Albert Mohler: Beware the Phone Call Mind-Meld, Mohler is a double-minded man. On one hand, he swears that he is opposing Critical Race Theory with all of his vigor, and yet it is being strongly promoted in his seminaries by leaders he hand-selected. It seems that Mohler is trying to put up conservative front for conservative Southern Baptist donors, but undermine conservative Southern Baptist beliefs.

Albert Mohler’s lead man at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Will Hall, recently did a video in which he espoused – word for word – the tenets of Critical Race Theory. Keep in mind that this is the man, underneath Mohler, who runs the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. And in that CRT-espousing video, Hall acknowledges being a White Supremacist.

Of course, under Critical Race Theory, such an admission isn’t career-ending, because under that system all white people are White Supremacists, and it’s actually virtue-signaling to say so. If you tried to click on the link for Hall’s video, it would say, “File Not Found.”

However, in an article in The Federalist, Mohler admits to having scrubbed the evidence of Matt Hall teaching CRT from his own website.

The article at The Federalist reads…

When asked why one of Hall’s articles on the Southern Seminary website affirming critical race theory was scrubbed, Mohler replied forthrightly, “Because I asked for it to be scrubbed. It was because I did not think it was helpful…If I thought Matt Hall was a danger to the church of Jesus Christ, he would not be the provost of Southern Baptist Seminary.”

To make the point of Mohler’s contradictions clear, here’s what Matt Hall, head of SBTS, said…

This, of course, is textbook Critical Race Theory. It is literally, word for word, a citation of CRT verbiage, ideas, and concepts.

Mohler says he’s against this, and won’t allow anyone at SBTS teach it. Here’s what Mohler said…

Mohler truly does have two faces. Sometimes he just shows them at the exact same time.

If Mohler knows what Critical Race Theory is (and he does), he knows that Matt Hall is teaching it (and Hall is), and Mohler promised that no one would teach it at SBTS, but says that Hall is not a danger and won’t be firing him (or apparently even censuring him).

Mohler may very well suffer the same ailment of inconsistency as Dr. MacArthur who said, “I will fight against false teaching, but I will not fight against my friends.” Perhaps its this attitude, born in the heart of Dr. MacArthur, that has infected Dr. Mohler and will be the downfall of evangelicalism as a whole.

he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways (James 1:8)

via A Double-Minded Man: Albert Mohler’s Explicit Contradictions — Pulpit & Pen

August 6 Be Still and Listen

Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:16–23

Key Verse: Galatians 5:16

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Paul told us that if we walk by the Spirit, we will not carry out the deeds of the flesh (Gal. 5:16). Many times this is not an easy task. The only way you can walk in the Spirit is to be conscious of God’s indwelling presence and your lack of ability.

The moment you try to live like Christ is usually the time you face difficulty. This happens because you set your focus on becoming something instead of allowing Christ to live His life through you. There will be times of failure in your life. These times are the very moments God uses to instruct you in great ways.

However, this can happen only if you are open to listening to the Spirit’s voice. There can be no distraction inside you—no desire to get it right or work things out on your own. Let Jesus show you the way.

Submitting yourself to God’s will opens the way for spiritual discernment. So many people try this or that in an effort to grow spiritually when all they really need to do is to learn how to sit before the Lord and be still in their spirits. Today when irritating thoughts come or something goes awry, allow the new you—the part of you that is controlled by God’s Spirit—to take control of the situation.

Be still, if only for a moment, and listen for His voice. He will provide the needed wisdom, patience, guidance, and love you need to carry on in this life.

Master, because You live inside me, I have new and glorious freedom. Remove the distractions. Still my restless heart. Let the new me emerge.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 229). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

August 6 The Sword of the Spirit

Scripture reading: Psalm 119:145–152

Key verse: Hebrews 4:12

The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

To some, Scripture memorization is fun. To others, it is a chore comparable to facing an algebra test. If you find it difficult to retain Bible verses, perhaps a little motivation will help: when the devil is after you, it is essential that you know God’s Word.

The fourth chapter of Matthew describes how Satan tempted a weakened, tired, hungry Jesus in the wilderness. Here, God Himself demonstrated the importance of knowing Scripture.

On each point of temptation that Satan foisted toward Him, Jesus answered first with three powerful words: “It is written.” Jesus then recited Scripture. Each time, the enemy’s hollow attempts crumbled under the weight of God’s Word. Notice that Satan had no answer for any of Jesus’ responses. He is the father of lies and can’t handle the truth. When we invoke God’s name and His Word, Christ becomes indomitable within us.

One of the Bible’s most famous passages, Ephesians 6:13–17, informs believers how to dress for daily battle. Have you ever noticed that in the full armor of God the first implements are to be used for protection only? They are pieces of armor you are to don. The final element is “the sword of the Spirit.” What is the sword of the Spirit? The Word of God. It is a weapon!

Father, I thank You for the sword of the Spirit, Your mighty Word. When Satan rises up against me today, help me to invoke Your name and Your Word.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 229). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

4 Main Things Christians Need to Know About Critical Race Theory — Pulpit & Pen

As Christian institutions like Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary are promoting Critical Race Theory, many believers are confused as to what the doctrine is or why it’s dangerous. As the Southern Baptist Convention approved Resolution 9 in June, which promotes Critical Race Theory as an analytical tool, we need to know why it’s dangerous.

This information should provide a quick guide to four main things Christians need to know about Critical Race Theory (CRT).

CRT IS FUNDAMENTALLY OPPOSED TO THE AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Invented by Derrick Bell and other attorneys as a spin-off of Critical Legal Theory in American law schools in the 1980s, these theorists were disenchanted with the results of the Civil Rights Movement. Bell, Richard Delgado, and other CRT thinkers viewed classical liberal ideas such as meritocracy (people being rewarded based on their individual merits), equal opportunity, and colorblind justice (like that promoted by Dr. King) to all be factors that cause systemic, invisible, intangible racism.

What many people don’t understand is that CRT rejects most of the things that the 1960s Civil Rights Movement fought for, like treating people equally in institutions and under the law. Instead, CRT teaches that if power is to be properly redistributed from the “haves” to “have-nots” (which in their eyes include minority identity groups), the law may actually need to biased in favor of minority identity groups.

It is likely that the 1960s Civil Rights leaders like Dr. King, Bayard Rustin, Hosea Williams, and Gloria Richardson all would have opposed CRT vehemently, as it denies that people should be judged “by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.” CRT, conversely, teaches that skin color (or identity group) is the lens through which all things – especially justice – should be viewed.

CRT IS INTENTIONALLY DESIGNED TO DIVIDE PEOPLE RATHER THAN UNITE THEM (AND DOESN’T JUST APPLY TO RACE)

Christians should desire to have unity with all ethnicities, understanding our common ancestors (Adam and Eve) provide us both biological and theological reasons to reject the Darwinian notions of “race” altogether.

However, CRT is a system that rejects both human biology and Biblical doctrine and teaches that mankind should be separated into various ethnic minority groups.

With CRT, people are encouraged to identify with their ethnicity (which CRT thought-leaders inaccurately label “race”), rather than with greater and more significant distinguishing factors, like Jesus, their nation, or their community.

It’s also important to understand that Critical Race Theory – although it may seem counter-intuitive – doesn’t just deal with race. CRT promotes division between “identity groups,” dividing people into either the “oppressor class” (usually, White and “straight” men holding to the majority religion) versus “victim identity groups” which can include so-called “sexual minorities,” the disabled, abuse victims, women, the “transgender,” as well as ethnic groups.

CRT is used by homosexuals, the transgender, and women as much as it is used by ethnic minorities.

CRT DOESN’T DEFINE ‘WHITE,’ ‘BLACK,’ AND ‘RACISM’ THE WAY YOU MIGHT THINK

In CRT, “whiteness” refers to anything identifying with power or privilege as it relates to the “majority class” (usually, those who hold ethnic or religious majority). For CRT theorists, to be white is to have privilege, and to have privilege is to be white. The term, Whiteness, as used in CRT, refers to any majority group that has majority status and – in the world of CRT – that is synonymous with power and privilege.

This concept is actually called Whiteness Critical Theory. Because CRT views race as a pure social construct, anyone who enjoys social, political, racial, economic, or cultural standing that is better than the average can be classified as a part of the “White Identity Class” whether or not they are Caucasian, have light skin, or are of European descent.

Likewise in CRT, being “black” means one’s identification with oppression (much of this is from the work of James Cone who founded Black Liberation Theology and went so far as to say Jesus was black because he identified with the oppressed). In this sense, one can be “black” even if they do not have dark skin or African or Islander ancestry, so long as they identify themselves with an oppressed people group.

In CRT, it’s impossible for someone identifying with an oppressed people group to be racist, because they have created the equation “racism = bigotry + power.” If someone doesn’t have power because they’re not a part of an “oppressor (majority) class,” it is impossible – Critical Race Theorists say – for them to be racists. Therefore, they argue, black people cannot be racist.

However, Asians who succeed in America, CRT holds, can be racist because they are White by virtue of their overall class success. Therefore, even though Asians are in an ethnic minority in America, they are successful, so they are really apart of the White oppressor class. And if there are homosexuals who are white, because they face bigotry, they have “blackness” and are not considered to have oppressive “whiteness.”

CRT teaches that all white people (unless they can identify with another minority group like the disabled, homosexual, transgender, or victims) suffer from racism, because they have power and exhibit “micro-aggressions” (invisible or unperceivable slights of language and behavior that indicate the person is secretly a racist) that demonstrate bigotry. Consider the words of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary provost, Matt Hall.

In CRT, the only way to not be attacked as a racist is to preemptively admit your racism. Admitting your racism, white supremacy, privilege, or bigotry means that one has properly repented for their secret thoughts of supremacism. In CRT, the worst and most bigoted thing a white person can do is say they’re not racist, which – in the view of CRT – means that you surely are.

CRT IS THE OPPOSITE OF A BIBLICAL VIEW ON RACE

The Bibel says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Color-blindness – because ethnicity is not important to God and he’s not a respecter of persons – is far more aligned to a Biblical worldview than CRT, which views race as the analytical tool through which we should understand the world.

As believers in Jesus, we should be setting aside race, rather than highlighting it.

God wants to bring together people from every ethnic group into one (Revelation 7:9), not divide them by identity category so that they might endlessly fight one another.

via 4 Main Things Christians Need to Know About Critical Race Theory — Pulpit & Pen

Guns Do Not Kill People | Sputnik International

Like everyone else, I condemn the two mass shootings in the US. However, unlike the Democrats who could not wait to make political capital out of the tragedy or the MSM who didn’t miss a heartbeat in denouncing this as ‘far-right terror’ and repeating that the terrorist was white, I think the slaughter deserves more careful consideration.

Brendan Cox, the husband of murdered MP Jo Cox, was the first to attack Trump even before the MSM, by declaring straight away on Twitter at 8.40 Sunday morning that, “If this turns out to be anti-Latino far-right inspired @realDonaldTrump will have blood on his hands. If you incite hatred against minorities, talk of “invasion”, call them “animals” and “rapists” you can’t feign surprise when extremists act.”

What utter nonsense. Sixth Form debating standard if I am being generous.

‘Saint Brendan’ uses selected words from Trump from years ago to make his foul point.

Does he really believe there is a causal link as flimsy as that?

Also, of course, the alleged killer left behind a manifesto where he explicitly said it was not about Trump.

Now, as more information comes out about this mass murderer Patrick Crusius, it is becoming clearer that the man had severe mental health problems.

However, unlike the left, the Democrats and the broadcast media on both sides of the pond that is where I am going to stop my speculating about the man. We and the States have a judicial system and that must now take its course.

The mainstream media on both sides of the Atlantic were really keen to link both atrocities to the Far Right or white supremacists immediately. Unfortunately for them, it is now emerging that, far from being far-right, it would appear that Connor Betts, the Dayton mass killer was actually left-wing!

Even CNN are now saying, “A Twitter account that appears to belong to Dayton mass shooter Connor Betts retweeted extreme left-wing and anti-police posts, as well as tweets supporting Antifa, or anti-fascist, protesters.”

Oh, dear is that the Clinton News Network dropping another clanger?

It is also strange that most of the coverage on the BBC and Sky News seems to concentrate on the Far-right mass murder rather than the Antifa supporter, I wonder why?

Well, actually I don’t wonder at all as I know exactly why.

It is because the MSM are in the same camp as all the Trump haters who only see violence on the right of politics. This has to stop but of course, it never will.

A memorial to shooting victims in the Oregon District following on August 05, 2019 in Dayton, Ohio.

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A memorial to shooting victims in the Oregon District following on August 05, 2019 in Dayton, Ohio.

Barack Obama, the useless ex Youth Club leader, and one of the worst US Presidents has now jumped in saying, “the El Paso shooting follows a dangerous trend: troubled individuals who embrace racist ideologies and see themselves obligated to act violently to preserve white supremacy.” Sorry to burst your liberal bubble Obama but the Dayton bomber was a lefty like you!

However, biased Barack continues, “Like the followers of ISIS and other foreign terrorist organizations, these individuals may act alone, but they’ve been radicalized by white nationalist websites that proliferate on the internet.”

Barack, THE DAYTON BOMBER IS ONE OF YOURS!

Apart from one word I agree with his next statement, “That means that both law enforcement agencies and internet platforms need to come up with better strategies to reduce the influence of these hate groups.” Correct but he should have replaced “these” with the word “all.” I wonder why he didn’t use it?

No, I do not wonder, again I know exactly why he didn’t use the word “All” and so do you.

However, to be fair, I largely agree with him and the bizarre thing is that so does Trump who in his speech yesterday said, “These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our communities, an attack upon our nation, and a crime against all of humanity. We are outraged and sickened by this monstrous evil, the cruelty, the hatred, the malice, the bloodshed, and the terror.”

However, unlike Obama, Trump talked about both attacks and how could anyone argue with this statement, “The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul.”

Bang on Mr President!

However, the mainstream media have appeared to ignore this and instead have accused Trump of diversion from his alleged ‘culpability’ in the affair as Brendan Cox was so keen to push even as victims were still fighting for their lives in hospital.

I despise this stinking hypocrisy and insensitivity on the left of politics. They love to virtue signal but are always the first with the attacks, both in words and actions, but always claim the high moral ‘progressive’ ground.

It is a terrifying statistic that according to CBS news there have been, “As of Aug. 5, which was the 217th day of the year, there have been 255 mass shootings in the U.S. They define a mass shooting as any incident in which at least four people were shot, excluding the shooter.

Bodies are removed from at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said

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Bodies are removed from at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said

However, as CBS points out this statistic puts 2019 on pace to be the first year since 2016 with an average of more than one mass shooting a day.

And who was President then Mr Obama? Who was President when the Columbine massacre happened Barack? Wasn’t it Democrat Bill Clinton? Or how about the Sandy Hook massacre, need I go on?

This savagery and senseless slaughter will not stop simply by politicians on both sides queuing up to give meaningless soundbites. What is needed is real action which it appears is what Trump was calling for yesterday when he said, “Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside — so destructive — and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love. Our future is in our control. America will rise to the challenge. We will always have and we always will win. The choice is ours and ours alone. It is not up to mentally ill monsters; it is up to us.”

Who can argue with that?

What a pity this isn’t being reported widely. The MSM were falling over themselves to report on Obama when he was trying to introduce gun laws but as has been proved here madmen don’t need guns they can use knives, are you listening to Sadiq Kahn, they can use illegal guns and of course they can make bombs on their elderly foster parents’ kitchen table. As a weapon of last resort, of course, terrorists of all sides can always resort to a lorry or car to slaughter innocents.

I do have strong reservations about automatic machine guns being available and about the nature of checks on the person buying a gun but I agree with the fact that the right to carry a gun is enshrined in the US constitution. So, I certainly don’t feel it is my job, my place or the place of any bleeding heart over here to dictate to Americans.

But the guns, just like knife amnesties in London are a total sideshow to the main problem that all sides of the political debate and the media have to address which is the hypocrisy of the political elite and their lickspittle mates in the MSM to confront and condemn all political violence.

I note that no one is imploring us to change our twitter avatars, sing Kumbaya or not look back in anger over these dreadful terror attacks.

I note also that Trump is being snidely attacked by Sky news and the BBC for daring to mention that this could be a mental health issue although over here Theresa May and common purpose Chief Constables love to use that line when it is Islamist terror.

Police arrive after a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, U.S. August 3, 2019

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Police arrive after a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, U.S. August 3, 2019

Again, the media love nothing better to cover and bleat about a Brexit punch up or a Tommy Robinson demo that has a few hotheads acting like morons but they always seem strangely quiet on the riots that are happening all over France?

Social media companies are so keen to virtue signal that they close down and attempt to silence any conservative voices who dare to challenge their PC beliefs.

As a result, there is no real debate on these platforms anymore as the rabid anti-free speech mob are quick to anger and then mobilise and start shouting obscenities at anyone who diverts from their pathetic world view whether its Brexit, Trump, veganism, transphobia or law and order.

This world is becoming more polarised and of course, there is a threat from extremists on all sides but please spare me the cobblers that it is all about just a rising tide of islamophobia, the far-right or white supremacists.

Let’s instead focus on the real issue which is this. There is a global, largely unelected, elite who do not believe in nationhood, country’s or even democracy who are ignoring the wishes of the people around the globe whether it is is in the UK, USA, France, Italy or Germany.

These people are the real problem as they are the anti-democrats, the real fascists. Until they accept or are forced to accept the will of the people and in the case of Brexit give losers consent I am afraid all of our democracies are living on top of a tinder box.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.

Source: Guns Do Not Kill People

Gallup: 71% of Americans Say No to Banning Possession of Handguns | CNS News

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(CNSNews.com) — In the wake of the terrible mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the Gallup polling firm has posted its “Guide to U.S. Public Opinion on Guns” on its website. The information posted shows that in Gallup’s last survey on whether to ban handguns, from October 2018, 71% of American adults said, “no.”

In addition, the surveys show that 43% of Americans have a gun in their home, and that 57% of Americans oppose making it illegal to manufacture, sell, or own semi-automatic guns “known as assault rifles,” such as the AR-15.  (The AR stands for ArmaLite Rifle, not for “assault rifle.”)

(Gallup.)

In the survey from Oct. 1-10, 2018, Gallup asked, “Do you think there should or should not be a law that would ban the possession of handguns [pistols and revolvers], except by the police and other authorized persons?” Seventy-one percent said no, there “should not be” such a law and only 28% said yes, there “should be” such a law. In 2017, the numbers were the same. In 2016, 76% said no to banning such firearms.

In that same Oct. 1-10, 2018 survey, 43% of American adults said “yes,” they “do” have a gun in their home; 55% said they do not have a gun in their home.

Also, Gallup asked, “Are you for or against a law which would make it illegal to manufacture, sell or possess semi-automatic guns known as assault rifles?” Fifty-seven percent of Americans no, they are “against” such a law; 40% said yes, they are “for” such a law.

In a June 1-13, 2018 survey, Gallup asked, “What is your overall opinion of the National Rifle Association, also known as the NRA — is it very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable or very unfavorable?”

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Twenty-eight percent said “very favorable” and 25% said “mostly favorable” — a combined 53% favorable. On the other hand, 16% said “mostly unfavorable” and 26% said “very unfavorable,” for a combined 42% unfavorable.

In an Oct. 7-1, 2015 survey, 56% of Americans said the country would be safer if more people carried concealed weapons. Also, an Oct. 12-15, 2014 poll found that 63% of Americans believe having a gun in the house makes it a “safer” place to be.

(Gallup.)

In an Oct. 3-6, 2013 survey, Gallup reported that 60% of adults said they own a gun for “personal safety/protection,” and 36% said they had a gun for “hunting.”

In a Feb. 8-10, 2008 poll, Gallup asked, “Do you believe the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the rights of Americans to own guns, or do you believe it only guarantees members of state militias such as National Guard units the right to own guns?”

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Seventy-three percent of adults said the Constitution guarantees the rights of Americans to own guns. Only 20% said it applied to “state militia members.”

An April 2005 survey showed that 62% of Americans believe airplanes “would be safer places” if “pilots were armed with guns.”

Source: Gallup: 71% of Americans Say No to Banning Possession of Handguns

Ron Paul Blasts American Militarism: “Congress’ Spending Surge Is National Suicide” | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity,

With a national debt approaching $23 trillion and a trillion dollar deficit for this year alone, Congress last week decided to double down on suicidal spending, passing a two year budget that has the United States careening toward catastrophe. While we cannot say precisely when the economic crash will occur, we do know that it is coming. And last week Congress pounded down on the accelerator.

We are told that the US economy is experiencing unprecedented growth, while at the same time the Fed is behaving as it does when we are in recession by cutting rates… and dodging insults from the President because it’s not cutting fast enough. This is not economic policy – it’s schizophrenia!

But that’s only the beginning.

Take what they call “national defense” spending. This is the misnomer they use to try and convince us that pumping trillions into the military-industrial complex will make us safe and free. Nothing could be further from the truth: probably ninety percent of the “defense” budget is aggressive militarism and welfare for the rich.

Under this budget deal the military budget would increase to nearly $1.4 trillion for two years. Of course that’s only a fraction of real military spending, which is, all told, well over one trillion dollars per year.

What do we get for this money? Are we safer? Not at all. We are more vulnerable than ever. We spend billions fighting “terrorism” in Africa while terrorism has actually increased since the creation of the US Africa Command – “AFRICOM” – in 2007. Meanwhile we continue to spend to maintain our illegal military occupation of a large section of Syria – which benefits terrorist groups seeking to overthrow Assad.

We’re sending thousands more troops to the Middle East including basing US troops in Saudi Arabia for the first time since 2003. Back then, even neocon Paul Wolfowitz praised our departure from Saudi Arabia because, as he rightly stated, US troops on Saudi soil was a great recruiting tool for al-Qaeda.

Now we’ve pulled out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty so that we can deploy once-forbidden missiles on China’s front door. A new arms race with China will mean a new boon for our new Defense Secretary’s former colleagues at Raytheon!

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) pronounced the Tea Party dead with the adoption of this budget. He’s right of course, but only when it comes to Congress. Given the opportunity, I still believe a good part of the American people will vote for candidates who promise to rein in the national credit card. President Trump himself ran on a platform of ending deficit spending and even paying off the national debt!

So the Tea Party may be dead in Washington, but I am not convinced it was ever really alive in Washington. With a few exceptions, most politicians saw the Tea Party as just the flavor of the month. Spending is what keeps Washington alive and keeps the DC suburbs rich. They’re not about to cut back on their own.

But the spending will end. The trillions thrown down the drain on militarism will end. The only question is whether it will end when we are completely bankrupt and at the mercy of countries we’ve kicked around for decades or whether Americans will demand an end to bipartisan addiction to war and spending in Washington!

Source: Ron Paul Blasts American Militarism: “Congress’ Spending Surge Is National Suicide”

White House Rips Democrats For Blaming Trump For Shootings, Fundraising Off Tragedies — The Gateway Pundit

Within a few hours of two horrific mass shootings that left 32 dead and 52 wounded, prominent Democrats began blaming President Trump.

It didn’t matter that one of the shooters reportedly hated Trump and was a backer of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren. And it didn’t matter that both shooters were clearly suffering from mental illness (they did, after all, decide that killing a slew of people was a smart idea). To Democrats, Trump — and Trump alone — was to blame.

But White House counselor Kellyanne Conway fired back on Tuesday, saying Trump is “trying to bring the country together and heal a nation.”

“There is a huge difference … between running your mouth and running for president, and being the president and trying to bring together a nation,” Conway said on “Fox & Friends.”

“The president did not respond in kind. They politicized this over the weekend. They all blamed him and I want to name and shame them now. … They want to be president? He is the president. And he is trying to bring the country together and have bipartisan, bicameral steps.”

Conway also pointed out that Warren immediately began “raising money” for Senate Democratic candidates “in an email appeal talking about mass shootings.”

“This is a disgrace and if no one else is going to talk about it, I’m going to talk about it,” Conway said.

After the mass shootings over the weekend, several 2020 candidates immediately called Trump racist.

“Jesus Christ, of course he’s racist,” Robert “Beto” O’Rourke said on MSNBC.

O’Rourke went on a profane tirade as well. “What do you think?” O’Rourke reportedly said. “You know the s— he’s been saying. He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. I don’t know, like, members of the press, what the f—?”

On Tuesday, Conway blasted O’Rourke.

“Beto O’Rourke — from the Vanity Fair magazine cover to the vanity project candidacy — out there screaming and cursing about President Trump. That doesn’t heal a single soul. That doesn’t help to prevent another mass shooting,” she said.

Conway also said Republicans didn’t tie then-President Barack Obama to the shooting of then-House Majority Whip Steve Scalise,  critically wounded in a 2017 shooting at a congressional baseball game practice. The shooter was a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“When Bernie Sanders’ supporter … shot up Steve Scalise who was within inches of his life, and others on that baseball field two years ago, we didn’t run out and say that he was hunting down Republicans and that he was a Bernie Sanders supporter,” Conway said. “We were worried about Steve Scalise’s life being saved. That was absolutely the darkest day in this White House in its first year in my opinion.”

After the shootings, Trump delivered a somber statement from the White House on Monday. He laid out several avenues as potential solutions, called for unity and bipartisanship, soothed Americans as the comforter-in-chief and loudly denounced racism and white supremacy.

“Together, we lock arms to shoulder the grief, we ask God in Heaven to ease the anguish of those who suffer, and we vow to act with urgent resolve,” Trump said.

“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.”

“Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside — so destructive — and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love,” he said.

Conway said Trump is saying exactly what needs to be said.

“He’s denouncing white supremacy, and they’re out there denouncing him,” Conway said. “America, take a look, and don’t forget it.”

via White House Rips Democrats For Blaming Trump For Shootings, Fundraising Off Tragedies — The Gateway Pundit